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Saturday, June 09, 2018 (6 events)

Cherokee Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, June 7 from 12:00 pm to Saturday, June 9 at 10:30 pm

Cherokee’s family bluegrass music festival takes place June 7–9, 2018 with some of the brightest stars in bluegrass music. There will be live music daily from noon to 10:30 p.m. at the Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground in Cherokee. 

Thursday’s lineup features The Crowe Brothers, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show,  The Inspirations, Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle & Jerry Salley with one 90-minute show by Dailey & Vincent at 8:30 p.m. (members of The Grand Ole Opry).

Friday’s lineup features Carolina Blue, Mountain Faith, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Paul Williams & The Victory Trio, The Gibson Brothers and Rhonda Vincent (Queen of Bluegrass and IBMA Female Vocalist for 8 years) and The Rage.  

Saturday’s lineup features The Malpass Brothers, Kenny & Amanda Smith, The US Navy Band Country Current, The Gibson Brothers, Balsam Range and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, (winner of IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance for 7 years).

Advance tickets for adults (ages 13 and older) are $35 daily, or $90 for all three days. Ticket prices at the gate are $40 daily or $95 for all three days. Advance ticket prices are valid until June 1, 2018.

Advance tickets for children (ages 7–12) are $15 daily or $45 for all three days. Ticket prices at the gate are $15 daily or $50 for all three days. 

Children under the age of 7 are admitted free with parent/guardian.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 770.864.7203 or at

Cherokee Heritage Day

Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

One Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Museum of the Cherokee Indian offers a family-friendly fun day of free cultural activities including traditional dancing, storytelling, cultural arts demonstrations, genealogy workshops, hands-on craft workshops and more. Traditional food is available on-site, weather permitting. The Cherokee Friends offer workshops on traditional dancing and cultural arts demonstrations including wampum belt making, moccasin making, stickball stick making, wood carving, fire making, and more. Hands-on workshops are taught by members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and often include making a clay medallion or a traditional Cherokee pot stamped with wooden paddles carved with designs. Different members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians share stories and flute music. Every month includes activities related to that month’s theme. 

Activities are sponsored by the Museum, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. Regular prices apply to food and to admission to Museum exhibits.

Monthly Themes
May 12 - Anisgvti (Planting Month) 
June 9 - Cherokee Voices Festival
July 14 - Guyegwoni (Corn in Tassel Month)
August 11 - Galoni (End of Fruit Month)
September 8 - Dulisdini (Nut Month)
October 13 -  Duninvdi (Harvest Month)
November 10 - Nvdadegwa (Hunter Month/Big Moon)
December 8 - Vsgiyi (Snow Month)

21st Annual Cherokee Voices Festival

Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The voices of an 11,000-year-old culture are inviting you to come out and play. Cherokee culture speaks in its most thrilling ways through dance, music, storytelling, and arts and crafts. You’re invited to hear and experience it all during the Cherokee Voices Festival, now in its 21st year. It’s free of charge and held at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Museum.

There are continuous activities throughout the event, but here are a few exciting times to remember:

11 a.m. – Blowgun Contest
12 p.m. – Traditional Meal (for purchase)
3 p.m. – Warriors of AniKituhwa performance 

Cherokee Cancer Support Group Fundraiser Dinner

Saturday, June 9 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Join us for a prime rib dinner sponsored by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort to benefit Cherokee Cancer Support Group Operations, which aids all EBCI cancer patients and family members with financial support for treatment centers, post-mastectomy items for breast cancer survivors, and nutritional supplements. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance for $15 per plate, per person.​

Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, June 9 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves.

Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 5:00–7:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

Fridays & Saturdays, May 25–October 27, 2018.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from July 1–7, 2018.

There will be no Bonfire Series events in September.

Music on the River

Saturday, June 9 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.

Entertainment Schedule:
May 25: AM Superstars (Alternative)
May 26: Trippin' Hardie (‘60s to present)
June 1: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
June 2: Al Lossiah Band
June 8: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
June 9: AM Superstars (Alternative)
June 15: Stereospread (Indie Tronica)
June 16: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
June 22: AM Superstars (Alternative)
June 23: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
June 29: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
June 30: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
July 6: AM Superstars (Alternative)
July 7: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
July 13: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
July 14: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
July 20: Stereospread (Indie Tronica)
July 21: AM Superstars (Alternative)
July 27: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
July 28: Professor Whizzpop (Family Magic Show)
August 3: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
August 4: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
August 10: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
August 11: AM Superstars (Alternative)
August 17: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
August 18: Second Time Around Band (‘60s–‘80s)
August 24: Stereospread (Indie Tronica)
August 25: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
August 31: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
September 1: Professor Whizzpop (Family Magic Show)

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